Stars of Vaudeville #538: Jack Mason and Lois Whitney

Jack Mason was a major Broadway choreographer and director, with credits stretching from 1905′s The Duke of Duluth through 1937’2 Swing It. For several years he performed in vaudeville with Lois Whitney as a sort of lesser Vernon and Irene Castle, specializing in Fox Trots. In 1914 they gave a special exhibition of the tango at the Palace. Whitney herself was in several Broadway shows between 1915 and 1918.

To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.

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